These are exceptionally difficult times for the University of Arizona, and Maurice J. Sevigny is one of the victims.
Sevigny, dean of the College of Fine Arts for 18 years, recently told his faculty he will retire in June.
“In this lousy economy, it’s not as much fun,” he said.
Under Sevigny, UA has developed a nationally recognized college with five distinctive schools – art, music, dance, theater arts and media arts – that draw students from across the country. Admission to the college is extremely competitive.
Tough economic times are difficult, and it is understandable that after four decades in higher education, Sevigny doesn’t want to fight new battles.
But UA will deeply miss his vision and his leadership.